Go further in your career with a master's in electrical engineering. Graduate with the knowledge, skills and personal network you'll need to succeed.

The MS in Electrical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering is an advanced engineering degree that prepares you for further academic study or a career in industry.

As part of your studies, you'll dive deep into key focus areas within the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering: applied physics, devices and circuits, systems science, and signals and imaging. Our program is flexible enough for a broad survey of focus areas within the field while still allowing for a survey of areas outside of the department.

Degree Requirements

Students may choose either the thesis or course-only option, which both require completion of 30 credit hours. A minimum of 15 of these units must be selected from the following list of core electrical engineering subjects taught by the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.

Course Number Course Name
ESE 415, 513, 516, 519 Optimization
ESE 520-529 Applied probability category
ESE 530-539 Applied physics and electronics category
ESE 540-549 Control category
ESE 550-559, 5590-5599 Systems category
ESE 560-569 Computer engineering
ESE 570-579 Communications category
ESE 580-589, 591-596, 5931-5933 Signal and image processing category
ESE 599 Master's research (thesis-option only)

The remaining courses in the program may be selected from senior- or graduate-level courses in ESE or elsewhere in the university. Courses outside of ESE must be in technical subjects relevant to electrical engineering and require the department's approval. Undergraduate Laboratory courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

  • At least 15 units of the 30 total units applied toward the MSEE degree must be in ESE courses which, if cross-listed, have ESE as the home department.
  • Regardless of subject or level, all transfer courses are treated as electives and do not count toward the core requirements for the degree.


Any course numbered 401 or greater in the engineering, physics or mathematics departments, excluding the exceptions listed below, are approved by the department as electives. 

These courses are NOT approved by the department as electives:

Requests for exceptions to this policy may be submitted to the department chair with the approval of the academic advisor of the student.

Suggested Academic Requirements for Prospective Students

It is recommended that incoming students earn a baccalaureate degree in engineering or another STEM-related degree. In earning that degree, it is recommended that students take the following upper-level courses:

The following courses are also important in the curriculum but are emphasized to a different extent in each of the key areas within the program. Students lacking this content may find it helpful to add it after admission.

Become a leader in your field

Graduates of this program go on to further their studies, pursue internships and land positions in industry as engineers, researchers and software engineers for diverse companies such as Amazon, Bank of China, Boeing, Bosch, Citigroup, Facebook, Google, Huawei Technologies, Nvidia, SpaceX and Tesla.

St. Louis has been named one of the nation's best cities for startups by Forbes magazine. Gain the knowledge to move up in your company or the expertise build your own. 


For more information about our academic programs, contact Francesca Allhoff at 
314-935-4830 or f.allhoff@wustl.edu.
International Students

E60 505: Communication Tools for Academic and Professional Success

The McKelvey School of Engineering requires all incoming international students who submit a TOEFL or IETLS score or has not obtained a minimum of three years of education in the U.S. to take a course in communication. This new course was first offered in Fall of 2018. This course does not cost extra for full-time students and is not counted toward the degree or the GPA.